I just love making huge salads to serve as a meal. It's a great dinner option if you're in a hurry like me, but you still want to please the palates of all of your guests or family members. Here is a combination of flavours that is sure to please! You have the roasted smokey flavour of the chicken, the sweetness from the plums, and the salty bite from the cheese; and of course the mustardy flavour from the vinaigrette. Give this one a try! It's a real looker on the plate.

Serves 2


  • 1 red leaf lettuce bunch, washed and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cup roasted chicken, shredded
  • small red onion, sliced thin
  • 3 red plums, sliced thin
  • half a cucumber, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • manchego cheese, shaved
  • 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 3 tsps white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp liquid honey
  • 1 tsp fresh basil, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp water
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper

1. Take 2 large plates and assemble the salad onto each plate. Assemble in this order of ingredients: red leaf lettuce, shredded roasted chicken, red onion slices, red plum slices, cucumber slices, toasted walnuts and shaved manchego cheese.

2. Make the dressing: Take a small bowl, and add in the olive oil, mustard, white wine vinegar, liquid honey, basil, water, pinch of salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Whisk all of the ingredients together until the vinaigrette starts to thicken slightly.

3. Pour it over the plates of salad and serve immediately. I recommend spooning the dressing on the salad and then taste as you go along. You may find you need a little less dressing. I suggest serving this salad with a warm toasted baquette to make a complete meal.

Cook's Tip: Don't have manchego cheese on hand? Then go ahead and use a nice quality Parmesan cheese to substitute.

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